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Appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Krishna Janmasthami: Appearance day of the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Date : 10 Aug, 2012, Fasting till midnight
*Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. God is a person. Just
as we think, feel and will, God also does. And just as when the President
or Prime Minister of a country goes travelling, the agenda is planned many
months in advance and his mission and the places where he will go are all
announced beforehand, similarly Krishna appears at specified times within
this universe, and the scheduled time of His appearance is announced in the
Vedic literatures, specifically Srimad-Bhagavatam, also known as the
Bhagavata Purana.*

*Then, in the twentieth incarnations, the Lord advented Himself as Krishna
in the family of Vrsni, and by so doing He removed the burden of the world.
– (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.23)**
The incarnation of Godhead, descends from the kingdom of God for creating
and maintaining the material manifestation. And the particular form of the
Personality of Godhead who so descends is called an incarnation, or avatar.
The Srimad Bhagavatam states that there are countless incarnations just
like the waves of the oceans. They fall in various categories like lila
(pastime), yuga (period of yuga), manavantara (period of Manu), purusa
(Vishnu expansions) and shaktivesa (empowered). These incarnations perform
various pastimes based on the time, place and circumstances, but their
purpose is always the same – “to attract the conditioned souls back to
their eternal spiritual abode”.

The incarnations emanate from Vishnu. Maha-Vishnu is the original cause of
all material creation and from Him Garbhodakashai-Vishnu expands and then
Ksirodakasayi-Vishnu. Generally all incarnations appearing within the
material world are plenary portions of Ksirodakasayi-Vishnu. However once
in a day of Lord Brahma (which lasts for 4.32 billion of earthly years),
does Krishna descend in His original form, as the avataree, the cause of
all incarnations. Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead. This fact
is stated and corroborated in the Vedic scriptures and by various
authorities. Lord Brahma in Brahma Samhita 5.1 says: *

“Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal
blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin
and He is the prime cause of all causes.”
In the Srimad Bhagavatam Krishna is the chief object of devotion. After
describing various incarnations of the Lord such as Rama, Balarama, Vamana,
Nrsimha, Budha and Kalki, Sukadeva Goswami states:*

“All of the above mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or
portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Krishna is the
original Personality of Godhead” (SB 1.3.28). *

In the Padma Purana it is stated, “By scrutinizingly reviewing all the
revealed scriptures and judging them again and again, it is now concluded
that Lord Narayana is the Supreme Absolute Truth, and thus He alone should
be worshipped”.

Similarly it is said in the Skanda Purana, “In the material world, which is
full of darkness and dangers, combined with birth and death and full of
different anxieties, the only way to get out of the great entanglement is
to accept loving transcendental devotional service to Lord Vasudeva. This
is accepted by all classes of philosophers”.

The position of Krishna as God is confirmed by great personalities like
Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa, Parasara, Brahma and Shiva. Finally Krishna
Himself confirms this fact in the Bhagavad-gita to His friend and devotee,
“I am the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods” (Bg 5.29.)
“There is no truth superior to Me” (Bg 7.7.)
“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates
from Me” (Bg 10.8)
*Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O
descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion, at that time,
I descend Myself, in order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the
miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion ~ Lord
Krsna [Bg 4.7-8]

“We should always be very grateful to Krishna for giving us the Hare
Krishna mantra, and we should show our gratitude by chanting it as much as
possible. That way we will bond with Him, which is our heart’s greatest
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

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